The 24h of Le Mans

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Porsche wins the GT Class at Le Mans. The next chapter of the Porsche success story at Le Mans has been written. We would like to thank the entire Porsche Motorsport family.

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The race that keeps us young

This year, we are celebrating 70 years of the sports car. And yet we haven't aged a day at heart. Because there is a place where we always seek a challenge. Where we push the boundaries. And continually set ourselves new goals. We are referring to the world's toughest long-distance race: the 24h of Le Mans.

This year, we are honoring our long tradition in this race by entering not only the largest GT squad of all time – a works team comprising four 911 RSRs – but also celebrating our legends of bygone days. With two of our 911 RSRs featuring our historic livery. The first bearing the design of the Rothmans Porsche 956, the Le Mans record holder, and the second sporting the pink livery of the Porsche 917/20, also affectionately known as "Big Berta" or simply "Pink Pig".

It may well be that we look back on this year and salute our legends. But we already know one thing - after this 24h race, only the future will lie ahead of us.

The "Pink Pig" back at Le Mans

The year of the "pig".

Why would you paint a Porsche 911 RSR pink and then label it with butcher-style cuts like a "pig" ready for roasting? The answer can be found almost 50 years ago. The design of our current 911 RSR dates back to the legendary Porsche 917/20. At Le Mans in 1971, the car’s appearance caused real uproar.

It was this humorous paintwork that earned the Porsche 917/20 the nicknames "Pig", "Big Berta" and "The Truffle Hunter of Zuffenhausen". It inspired controversial debate amongst both fans and officials. The idea was conceived by Anatole Lapine, the Head of Design at that time, who viewed his proposal as a continuation of the previous year’s bizarre paint finish: a Porsche 917 painted like a hippie with wild splashes of green and purple. But for all the debate that the 917/20 inspired at the time, nowadays it has long been considered an icon.

So, the 917/20 brings back unique memories for us. And to celebrate 70 years of sports cars, we are reflecting on these memories. With our current 911 RSR. At the 24 hours of Le Mans. Painted in pink. And of course, it will be labelled with butcher-style cuts like a "pig" ready for roasting.

The comeback of the series winner

The most successful Le Mans winner of all time.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our victories with the legendary Porsche 919 Hybrid, it’s this: there are successes that show where you’ve come from. And there are successes that point the way to the future.

It was this type of success that we celebrated with the Porsche 956. If you count it and the Porsche 962 – a step in its evolution – as one race car, it is still the most successful Le Mans prototype of all time today. With it, we won the 24 hours of Le Mans a total of seven times. A record of which we are still proud of today. Developed in 1982 for the Group C regulations, the 956 revealed its full potential at the 24 hours of Le Mans. It won the race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on its first attempt. A victory that marked the beginning of many consecutive years of success.

This year at the 24h of Le Mans, we feature the historic Rothmans livery of the Porsche 956 as a works car, we pay tribute to a unique icon in the history of motorsport.

Our Team

Porsche - Richard Lietz Car No. 91

Richard Lietz

Car No. 91

Porsche - Richard Lietz Car No. 91

Richard Lietz

Car No. 91

Nationality: Austrian
Date of Birth: Dezember 17, 1983
Place of Residence: Ybbsitz, Austria
Family Status: single
Height/Weight: 183 cm/76 kg
Hobbies: Rallye, Running, Cycling
Internet: www.richard-lietz.at
Twitter: @RichardLietz

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Porsche - Gianmaria Bruni Car No. 91

Gianmaria Bruni

Car No. 91

Porsche - Gianmaria Bruni Car No. 91

Gianmaria Bruni

Car No. 91

Nationality: Italian
Date of Birth: Mai 30, 1981
Place of Birth: Rom, Italy
Place of Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Family Status: married, 1 child
Height/Weight: 183 cm/69 kg
Hobbies: Cycling, Running
Internet: www.gianmariabruni.it
Twitter: @GianmariaBruni

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Porsche - Frédéric Makowiecki Car No. 91

Frédéric Makowiecki

Car No. 91

Porsche - Frédéric Makowiecki Car No. 91

Frédéric Makowiecki

Car No. 91

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: November 22, 1980
Place of Birth: Arras, France
Place of Residence: Perpignan, France
Family Status: single, 1 child
Height/Weight: 176 cm/66 kg
Hobbies: Cycling, Music, Karting
Internet: www.fredmako.com
Twitter: @FredMako1

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Porsche - Michael Christensen Car No. 92

Michael Christensen

Car No. 92

Porsche - Michael Christensen Car No. 92

Michael Christensen

Car No. 92

Nationality: Danish
Date of Birth: August 28, 1990
Place of Birth: Greve, Denmark
Place of Residence: Vienna, Austria
Family Status: single
Height/Weight: 181 cm/75 kg
Hobbies: Play Station, Sports, Soccer
Internet: www.michaelkchristensen.com
Twitter: @ChristensenMK
Instagram: MichaelChristensen7

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Porsche - Kévin Estre Car No. 92

Kévin Estre

Car No. 92

Porsche - Kévin Estre Car No. 92

Kévin Estre

Car No. 92

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: October 28, 1988
Place of Residence: Höchst, Austria
Family Status: married
Height/Weight: 184 cm/74 kg
Hobbies: Badminton, Sport, Ski
Internet: www.kevinestre.com
Twitter: @kevinestre

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Porsche - Laurens Vanthoor Car No. 92

Laurens Vanthoor

Car No. 92

Porsche - Laurens Vanthoor Car No. 92

Laurens Vanthoor

Car No. 92

Nationality: Belgium
Date of Birth: May 8, 1991
Place of Residence: Waiblingen, Germany
Family Status: married
Height/Weight: 180 cm/72 kg
Hobbies: Cycling, Photography
Internet: www.laurensvanthoor.be
Twitter: @Vanthoorlaurens

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Porsche - Patrick Pilet Car No. 93

Patrick Pilet

Car No. 93

Porsche - Patrick Pilet Car No. 93

Patrick Pilet

Car No. 93

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: October 8, 1981
Place of Birth: Auch, France
Place of Residence: Noisy le Roi, France
Family Status: married
Height/Weight: 176 cm/67 kg
Hobbies: Cycling, Golf, Fitness, Movies
Internet: www.patrickpilet.com
Twitter: @PatrickPilet

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Porsche - Nick Tandy Car No. 93

Nick Tandy

Car No. 93

Porsche - Nick Tandy Car No. 93

Nick Tandy

Car No. 93

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: November 5, 1984
Place of Birth: Bedford, Great Britain
Place of Residence: Bedford, Great Britain
Family Status: married, 1 child
Height/Weight: 178 cm/71 kg
Hobbies: Badminton, Darts, Golf, Sim Racing
Internet: www.facebook.com/nicktandyracing
Twitter: @NickTandyR

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Porsche - Earl Bamber Car No. 93

Earl Bamber

Car No. 93

Porsche - Earl Bamber Car No. 93

Earl Bamber

Car No. 93

Nationality: New Zealand
Date of Birth: July 9, 1990
Place of Birth: Wanganui, New Zealand
Place of Residence: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Family Status: single
Height/Weight: 183 cm/74 kg
Hobbies: mountain biking, karting, surfing
Internet: www.earlbambermotorsport.com
Twitter: @earlbamber

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Porsche - Romain Dumas Car No. 94

Romain Dumas

Car No. 94

Porsche - Romain Dumas Car No. 94

Romain Dumas

Car No. 94

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: December 14, 1977
Place of Birth: Alès, France
Place of Residence: Arzier, Switzerland
Family Status: single, 1 child
Height/Weight: 174 cm/62 kg
Hobbies: jet-ski, running, rallye
Twitter: @RomainDumas

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Porsche - Timo Bernhard Car No. 94

Timo Bernhard

Car No. 94

Porsche - Timo Bernhard Car No. 94

Timo Bernhard

Car No. 94

Nationality: German
Date of Birth: February 24, 1981
Place of Birth: Homburg (Saar), Germany
Place of Residence: Bruchmühlbach-Miesau, Germany
Family Status: married, 2 childs
Height/Weight: 174 cm/60 kg
Hobbies: running, music, rallying
Internet: www.timo-bernhard.de
Twitter: @Timo_Bernhard

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Porsche - Sven Müller Car No. 94

Sven Müller

Car No. 94

Porsche - Sven Müller Car No. 94

Sven Müller

Car No. 94

Nationality: German
Date of Birth: February 7, 1992
Place of Birth: Mainz, Germany
Place of Residence: Bingen, Germany
Family Status: single
Height/Weight: 181 cm / 68 kg
Hobbies: Motorsports, Skiing, Fishing
Internet: www.sven-mueller-racing.de
Twitter: @Sven_Mueller14

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The 911 RSR

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Technical details

Engine: Water-cooled six cylinder boxer
Displacement: 4,000 cm³
Power: Approx. 375 kW (510 hp) depending on restrictor
Transmission: Six-speed sequential constant-mesh gearbox
Weight: Approx. 1,243 kg (base weight as per rules)

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Porsche history: records and legends at Le Mans

Porsche The 24h of Le Mans - 1925:

1925:

Legendary: the Le Mans start introduced in 1925, whereby drivers have to sprint across the track to their cars. This gave rise to the new Porsche status symbol - the ignition switch to the left of the steering wheel, enabling drivers to start their engine as soon as they get into their car.

Porsche The 24h of Le Mans - 1951:

1951:

Porsche was the first German manufacturer to compete at the 24h of Le Mans - the beginning of a success story. On its debut, Porsche marked the start of an impressive series of records and victories, with a class victory for the 356 SL.

Porsche The 24h of Le Mans - 1957:

1957:

Claude Storez displayed extraordinary stamina and will power when competing at Le Mans in 1957: after 23 hours, his Porsche 550A ran out of fuel. He pushed the car for an hour and crossed the line in seventh place. Unfortunately, his efforts were unrewarded - he was disqualified.

Porsche The 24h of Le Mans - 1963:

1963:

Thanks to legal "pushing", Herbert Linge and Edgar Barth achieved victory in the 2-litre class in the 718 W-RS Spyder. Tyre damage 200 metres short of the pit lane, forced Barth to get out of the car and push it to his team. Only then were his mechanics allowed to help him.

Porsche The 24h of Le Mans - 1970:

1970:

It's about time! Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood won the first overall victory for Porsche at Le Mans, thereby achieving a podium triple for Porsche. Aged 42, the legendary Hans Herrmann fulfilled the promise made to his wife: "If I win Le Mans, then I’ll quit."

Porsche The 24h of Le Mans - 1971:

1971:

Head-shaking amongst photographers: the "Pink Pig" or "Truffle Hunter of Zuffenhausen" became a hot topic. The idea for the pink 917/20 with dotted lines for the 'best cuts' came to its designer, Anatole Lapine, when he saw the unique, elaborately designed model.

Porsche The 24h of Le Mans - 1982:

1982:

Jackie Ickx won the 24h race for the fourth time for Porsche, becoming the most successful Porsche Le Mans driver. The innovative 956 bearing the legendary Rothmans decals was the first car to be built with an aluminium chassis - a complete success: Porsche dominated the podium with its three competing teams.

Porsche The 24h of Le Mans - 1998:

1998:

Victory for Porsche in the legendary 911 GT1. Built for the 24h of Le Mans, the GT1 also had road approval and achieved the 16th overall victory for Porsche at Le Mans to mark the brand's 50th anniversary.

Porsche The 24h of Le Mans - 2014:

2014:

Back at Le Mans: after over 16 years, Porsche returned to the 24h race with its newly developed 919 Hybrid. The team from Weissach gradually fought its way back to the top of the world ranking - achieving its 17th overall victory with this car just a year later.

Porsche The 24h of Le Mans - 2017:

2017:

From 56th to 1st place: after the failure of its front axle and over an hour's repair time, the race seemed to be over for the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Bamber, Bernhard and Hartley. But thanks to an almost superhuman fight back, they managed the seemingly impossible: the 19th victory for Porsche at Le Mans.

About the race

Porsche - The circuit 13,629 km of pure thrills

The circuit

13,629 km of pure thrills

Porsche - The circuit 13,629 km of pure thrills

The circuit

13,629 km of pure thrills

Circuit de la Sarthe is one of the world's oldest and most historic race tracks. With 38 bends and 13,629 kilometres per lap, it is the longest race in the FIA World Endurance calendar.

Learn all about the race track

Porsche - Schedule Schedule at a glance

Schedule

Schedule at a glance

Porsche - Schedule Schedule at a glance

Schedule

Schedule at a glance

Sunday, 10.06.2018:
2:30 - 7:00 pm: scrutineering

Monday, 11.06.2018:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm: scrutineering

Wednesday, 13.06.2018:
4:00 - 8:00 pm: free practice
10:00 pm - midnight: qualifying session 1

Thursday, 14.06.2018:
7:00 - 9:00 pm: qualifying session 2
10:00 pm - midnight: qualifying session 3

Friday, 15.06.2018:
5:30 - 7:00 pm: drivers' parade

Saturday, 16.06.2018:
9:00 - 9:45 am: warm-up
3:00 pm: start

Sunday, 17.06.2018:
3:00 pm: finish

Porsche - Live on TV Live broadcasts and reporting

Live on TV

Live broadcasts and reporting

Porsche - Live on TV Live broadcasts and reporting

Live on TV

Live broadcasts and reporting

The race starts on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 3 p.m. CEST.

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